White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged the Justice Department is preparing to appeal a court’s decision against the law preventing gays from serving openly in the military, but said President Obama is still committed to ending the policy.
“This is a policy that is going to end,” Gibbs said. “It’s not whether it’s going to end. It’s about the process.”
Via Kerry Eleveld of The Advocate:
Reporter: “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” Apparently the administration will appeal the DOMA rulings. What are you going to do about “don’t ask, don’t tell,” on the grounds of the DOMA ruling that the administration always appeals laws that strike down or challenge existing laws that are on the — or rulings that strike down existing —
Gibbs: Let me — I’ve had a chance to talk to the President about this this morning. I’d refer you to Department of Justice on appeals and that sort of thing. You’ve heard the President discuss this for several years, but I want to reiterate that the President strongly believes that this policy is unjust, that it is detrimental to our national security, and that it discriminates against those who are willing to die for their country. And the President strongly believes that it’s time for this policy to end. As you know, the President has implemented a process with the Department of Defense, with the Secretary of Defense, with Admiral Mullen and the other members of the Joint Chiefs to move forward in implementing an end to this policy in an orderly way.
The best way to end it is for the Senate to follow the lead of the House of Representatives so that that end can be implemented in a fashion that’s consistent with our obligations in fighting two wars. But absent that action, the President again has set up a process to end this policy. And I think the bottom line is, that recent court rulings have demonstrated to Congress that it’s time to act and end this policy, they’ve demonstrated that time is running out on the policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and that the bottom line is this is a policy that is going to end. It’s not whether it will end, but the process by which it will end
.I’m going to let Keori of Pam’s House Blend sum this up, because it’s perfect stated and frankly this shit is about to make my head explode.
“Let’s be honest: this President hasn’t set up jack shit, preferring instead to let his Bush-holdover SECDEF run the show. This President doesn’t want repeal to happen. This President has lied repeatedly, and undermined the repeal process at every turn. We were told that he had set up that “required” Pentagon study group in March of 2009. He hadn’t. This President said he wanted Congress to repeal DADT. He bullied Congressmen into withdrawing repeal language from legislation instead. This President could have included repeal language in his transmittals to the House for inclusion in the Defense Authorization act. He refused. This President could have respected the rule of law and instructed to DOD to follow the Witt standard. He didn’t. When it came down to the wire, instead of expending a bit of effort to get the votes in the Senate to repeal DADT, this President chose to instead call the WNBA champions and congratulate them. And now, when he has been handed an opportunity on a silver platter to end DADT, he’s fighting back. But don’t forget, Republicans are worse.”
And the Human Rights Campaign LOVES Obama! (After all he gies them job security)